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GBL Newsletter, December 2019

(L to R: Bidemi from Barnet TV, Somayeh from Lymore Garden Girls Football Club, Filomena from Bread n Butter, Julie from Martin School and East Finchley resident Naomi, who runs Sound Bath meditation sessions.)

Thanks to all those who came to our Get Together - including the grants project leaders above. We heard from them about the great community projects they are running in our area - thanks for all your work.

Have you taken part in any activities yet - or know anyone who may be interested? There are details of upcoming projects below.... and there will be more to follow in the new year.

We had a really positive day at our Get Together - it was good to meet people from across the community and hear their views on what Grange Big Local should do in our next plan. We also had some new people come forward and join our board - the full list of board members is now online.

We were pleased to welcome the Archer Newspaper to our Get Together too - take a look at their interview with our Chair James Masters 


GBL presents... the Fun Palace film

A short film about our Fun Palace is now up on YouTube -  with thanks to Barnet TV for filming this - there is some great footage of all the activities, including some fun shots with the animals at Barnwood!

Survey update.. We got 268 responses!

Thanks to everyone who completed our survey form. We will share some of the data on our website in the new year - your feedback is really helping us develop our next plan.

We will need residents to get on board and help us lead projects - look out for opportunities to get involved coming in 2020.

We selected two names at random for our prize draw and have now contacted the winners. Congratulations to Magdalena who won a £50 voucher for La Rugoletta and Catherine who won a £25 take away voucher, enjoy!

Community Grants Project:

Our community cooking classes will run every Friday starting back on the 3rd January 11am to 1pm at St Mary's Church Hall (until 10th April 2020).
Community Grants Project:

Free TV Skills training in January!

Know a local young person who might be interested in this TV Skills training? Get in touch with Bidemi at Barnet TV

Dates: Saturday 18th & Saturday 25th January 2020
Time: 12.30pm - 4.30pm
To Book: Email
Eligibility: Must live in the Grange Big Local postcode area (N2)
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Local Resources
We are building a list of useful resources available in our local area, if you have any others to add, please email

Ann Owens Centre offers a wide range of support and activities for people over the age of 55 from exercise classes and IT, to cookery classes and lunch clubs. 
Newstead Children's Centre supports families in areas such as childcare, parent support, health and adult learning - they offer a wide range of weekly activities including messy play for under 5s and employment advice sessions.

Finchley Foodbank provides food for people in need, open on Saturdays 12.30pm to 2.00pm at St Mary’s Parish Centre, East Finchley, 279 High Road.

Finchley Community Toy Library - borrow toys for young children, and stay and play on Tuesday mornings at 9.30, Green Man Community Centre


We have a big programme of work and would love to have more volunteers join us. If you have ever thought about volunteering and would like to get involved in our community more, please drop us a line. We can talk about your interests and go from there.
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